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Do moderators delete too many answers?

I noticed that all answers to this question have been deleted. IMO at least one of those answers was better than nothing (i.e. arguably imperfect but shouldn't/needn't have been deleted). Assuming ...
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Why is the mass-shooting question locked/closed?

The following question is currently under a temporary lock, and I expect it to be closed soon. https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/28146/what-are-the-rates-of-mass-shootings-in-various-...
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How are the Fukushima questions "too localized"?

The questions Is Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster "on par" with Chernobyl? and Can a "second Chernobyl" happen at the nuclear reactors damaged by the tsunami in Japan? were ...
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Has the definition of a "theoretical answer" been revised?

On reading this excellent answer it made me wonder why that answer is allowed but this one was deleted. Why is one "theoretical", and rapidly deleted, and the other not? Or has something changed about ...
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Should we undelete these answers?

On the "Is the Earth 6000 years old?" question, there are a few deleted answers which, while wrong, are, technically speaking, supported by references. The issue is that they are supported by ...
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Why were some answers deleted on the question about Earth being covered by oceans?

Moderators cleaned up four answers on the Was the Earth one big ocean once? question after leaving a few days to the authors for fixing. While these answers were interesting and sometimes highly ...
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Is this question brutally gratuitous and therefore intolerable?

Research (background reading) for the question Are rape vans real? is unpleasant. I found evidence for an answer in the affirmative: Snopes and Wikipedia identifying (and/or narrating) a criminal ...
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What is a good stack exchange where to learn about skepticism?

Was the "Irish ghost video" staged? If so, how? The last comment of the video analysis explains how original research is not allowed. OR is not "disliked", but explicitly forbidden by ...
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Is writing code to parse data original research and therefore inappropriate as an answer?

This answer includes a Python script to parse data. The data source itself is linked. The answer is getting upvoted, presumably because people view it as a helpful contribution. The relevant help ...
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Should translated quotes be bilingual?

In this question I quoted several paragraphs of French, and translated it. Is it always better to quote the original as well as giving the translation? Even if the passage being quoted is quite long (...
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How is photographic evidence "theoretical" and not "empirical"?

I was very surprised to have a popular answer unilaterally deleted by a moderator. This is an answer based purely on a theoretical model. We expect answers to be based on empirical evidence rather ...
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Is this answer up to the Skeptics standards?

The question: Does smoking a single cigarette measurably harm your body? The single answer references a study which confirms that a single cigarette will raise the level of carcinogens present in the ...
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Can we fix the Amish/Vaccination/Autism question?

The question, Do the Amish have a lower rate of autism? is looking like a road accident. This question is to explain what happened, and to invite suggestions on how to fix it. Let's work our way ...
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Is my answer acceptable?

I would like to know if my answer at https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/a/23856/21485 is acceptable for this site. This is the first post I have made here. I greatly appreciate the existence of this ...
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Can a/the mod explain why the quadrillion question was removed from HNQ?

https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/posts/49969/revisions Is it really that bad of a q? Why?
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Would this question be on-topic?

On public (and other) buildings which have extensive glass walls, you sometimes see the silhouettes of flying birds affixed to the glass. My understanding is: This is intended to deter birds from ...